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04.14.2021 (30 Days Ago)
The Freckled Strawberry
The Power of Articulation
The Power of Articulation
30 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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I listen to many pitches delivered through the course of a single week and the ones with the most impact stand out. Typically, they have the best articulated stories, are brief, and get to the point. Do you notice people tune out when you’re telling your story, or are they leaning in? Last week I tuned into a Zoom, and the person speaking went on and on without breathing or checking in with the audience. I noticed more videos turn off and mute buttons engaged, which is the new “virtual body language” of “you’ve lost me”. Calls I enjoy engage the viewer, ask questions of the audience, provide pregnant pauses that keep my attention. Shorter zoom calls with a well articulated story have more impact. Leave your audience wanting more of you, not less. Please articulate what keeps you interested in attending another Zoomie....inquiring minds want to know! ...
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  •  Fred wrote 30 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Interesting, telling (virtual) observations!
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 30 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    This is great advice. I think video off is the biggest tell that the listener has been lost. I mute to be polite as I often have background noise weather in the office or at home.
     
       
     
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  •  Samantha wrote 30 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Love this!
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 30 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Stories, eye contact, vocal inflection, questions snd interaction, using people’s names (now easier than ever on zoom) - all engage me. Also humor!
     
       
     
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  •  Carol_Greenwald wrote 30 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Good points Carly. When people make their elevator pitch about the audience - we listen. when they tell us what they do instead of why they do it or what happens when they do it we all go AOL.
     
       
     
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  •  ShelleySimpson wrote 29 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Yes! Short, get to the point and create curiosity. Just like a good blog! This was a good one!
     
       
     
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  •  NSpizz wrote 29 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Some people need to go to the Evely Wood School of SpeedTalking
     
       
     
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  •  Jane_Beddall wrote 29 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It can be hard to tell which listeners are truly engaged: video may be off because of activity in the background and video may be on with a person looking generally at the screen but not really listening. But the engaged speakers are easy to pick out -- as are the people who are boring themselves along with everyone else!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 29 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Interesting question, are they tuning out or leaning in? I really try to gauge reactions when I'm speaking. At the beginning of the shut down I was doing an oral argument virtually. At one point the judge got up and went to pour himself a cup of coffee. I took that as an indication to move on to the next point.
     
       
     
     
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